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Wanted! Hot Czech mama for a good time

Spudlover | Nov 30, 2004 02:48 AM

....in the kitchen! Once again Thanksgiving is past and once again I try to convert the ton of leftover mashed potatoes into the wonderful potato dumplings my Bohemian mother created 50 years ago. They were just potato and flour and I think egg. We kids grew up calling them Bukta, but I don't know the spelling and can't find them on the web (potato dumplings are easy to find). Tried buchta, bukti, buchty, etc. How do you make them -- what proportions, how long let boil, and how do you spell the dang things? And I would love some history about them too. First we had them simmered in gravy, then any left (seldom) we sliced and fried. Boy were they good.

Same for Zelniak, a great sourkraut cracker/pastry made with lard, rolled out flat and baked. This is hard to make right. At Christmas my sister goes through a long labor of love and makes a bunch of it, but we are not sure of the best method or recipe. And again, do not know correct spelling or history. (Zelnoc, zelnak, zelnyak...??? We always said it zel-nee-ack, but don't know if that is proper.)

Any Czech/Bohemian churches in SE Wisconsin? The church ladies will know!

Where are you, Czech Mama? Spudlover needs you.

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